Friday, July 4, 2014

Pick O' the Week - July 4

Happy Canada Day and July 4th weekend everyone! And also a very happy birthday to a special little lady!!!!

Mark your calendars kids as the BBC has finally announced the premier date for Season 8 of Doctor Who!  Jason Sudeikis, Zach Galafanakis and Kristen Wiig are in talks to star in a new heist film (presumably a comedy).  Shia LaBeouf continues his terrible spiral, "reportedly stood up in the middle of the “Cabaret” performance to yell at the actors onstage with a cigarette in his mouth. He was later seen crying outside the venue in handcuffs." I just.  There really are no words for some people.

With Emmy nominations just around the corner, Variety has some thoughts on what themes will be prominent in this year's nominations. I'm waiting to see if the Academy again snubs Tatiana Maslany, the incredible star of Orphan Black as they did last year but I really hope not.  She's already won her second (and well deserved) Critic's Choice Award so hopefully that trend will continue on July 10th with the Emmy nominations.

And now, on to the picks!

In Theatres: If you liked the original (or even if you haven't seen it yet) How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a fun family adventure with great humour and a lot of fun.  With that in mind, the plot is quite simple, but it doesn't need to be a thriller to keep your interest.  As always, the animation is stunning and the shift in venue (they spend more time in the north where there are icebergs and beautiful ocean views) is worth the price of admission.  If animation isn't your thing, Jon Favreau's Chef has been getting decent reviews but I haven't yet had the pleasure.

At Home: I recently watched The Lady in Number 6 and while I knew it had won and Oscar and the basic premise, I wasn't prepared for quite how unexpectedly touching it truly was.  The story of an young, Jewish woman from Prague, the film follows her 109 year journey through her career as a concert musician, through marriage, motherhood and the horror of war.  It is a look at true strength and commitment, one which was at once hopeful and reflective but more than anything: inspiring.

On TV: I recently watched Squaresville for the first time and found it to be utterly charming.  A short format series starring Mary Kate Wyles (The Lizzie Bennett Diaries, Kissing In The Rain) and Kylie Sparks (Pizza), the series follows the exploits of two teenaged girls in small town California.  With two seasons of shows there is enough to sink your teeth into without causing an unplanned all-nighter (I'm speaking to you Pemberly Digital).

Retro Re-Watch: When I decided to watch this film I honestly picked it because I wanted to know what the turn of phrase was all about.  His Girl Friday tells the story of a newspaper editor (Cary Grant) who discovers his ex-wife (Rosalind Russel) is getting married and retiring from journalism.  Determined to ruin their plans, Grant sends her out on one last story: the upcoming execution of a convicted murderer.  Predictably, as in any screwball comedy, hilarity and disaster ensue.  Interestingly Hildy Johnson--in the original script--was a man, though almost all the dialogue remained the same.

Have a great weekend!

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